US President Donald Trump on Wednesday delivered a special speech in which he recognized Jerusalem the capital of Israel and added that “this is not a withdrawal from our commitment to peace, One of the parties or sets boundaries. ”
Trump referred to the two-state solution, saying that the United States was committed to an agreement acceptable to both sides: “I intend to do everything in my power to create such an agreement,” Trump said. The United States will support a two-state solution if both sides agree to that. ” Trump later called for “the preservation of the status quo and the preservation of the holy sites, including the Temple of Al-Aqsa, in which I reiterate my commitment to peace and security in the region, of course, there will be disagreements, but we are confident that we will achieve peace at a greater pace of understanding and cooperation.”
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At the beginning of his speech, Trump said, “Today’s announcement marks a new approach to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, and in 1995 the Congress urged the transfer of the American Embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing that this city is the capital of Israel. I am doing the best thing for the United States and the best for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. With a view to reaching a sustainable agreement. ”
Before the speech, Trump said that “the decision on Jerusalem should have been made long ago, and many presidents said they wanted to do something and did not do it.” In addition, the US State Department ordered an unusual step for US diplomats to avoid unnecessary visits to Israel until December 20.
According to senior officials in Washington, Trump will deal with the two-state solution for the first time, but it is unclear how he will do it and if he will support it completely. Trump is also expected to announce that he intends to transfer the US embassy to Israel in the future, but senior officials at the White House said Trump would sign the presidential decree that would delay the transfer of the embassy for six months due to logistical considerations, adding that the entire process could take several years.
“This is a historic day. It’s been the capital of Israel for nearly 70 years. Jerusalem has been the focus of our hopes, our dreams, our prayers for three millennia. Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years.” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Response to US President Donald Trump’s Statement.
“It was here that our temples stood, our kings ruled, our prophets preached. From every corner of the earth, our people yearned to return to Jerusalem, to touch its golden stones, to walk its hallowed streets. So it’s rare to be able to speak of new and genuine milestones in the glorious history of this city
Yet today’s pronouncement by President Trump is such an occasion. We’re profoundly grateful for the President for his courageous and just decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to prepare for the opening of the US embassy here. This decision reflects the President’s commitment to an ancient but enduring truth, to fulfilling his promises and to advancing peace.
The President’s decision is an important step towards peace, for there is no peace that doesn’t include Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. I share President Trump’s commitment to advancing peace between Israel and all of our neighbors, including the Palestinians. And we will continue to work with the President and his team to make that dream of peace come true. I call on all countries that seek peace to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move their embassies here.
I also want to make clear: there will be no change whatsoever to the status quo at the holy sites. The Jewish people and the Jewish state will be forever grateful. This has been our goal from Israel’s first day. Israel will always ensure freedom of worship for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. President Trump, thank you for today’s historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”
Palestinian president Abbas: Trump’s decision distances the US from the role of mediator in the political process.
Iran, Turkey and Egypt condemned Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Hamas: The Trump Declaration is a scandalous provocation, and the US must be undermined in the region.
Following of the Trump Declaration, hundreds of people demonstrate in front of the American consulate in Istanbul.